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Rabies Surveillance

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

When an animal is sick with rabies, the virus is shed in the saliva and can be passed to another animal or a person, usually through a bite. Transmission may also occur if this saliva or the animal's nervous tissue enters open wounds, the mouth, nose or eyes of another animal or person.

All animal bites are required to be reported to Environmental Health Services. Unless the animal (except wild animals) is known to the bite victim and has documented rabies vaccinations, it will be quarantined for 10 days from the date of the bite or exposure and then released if in good health. The victim of the bite or exposure is notified that the animal is in good health after the 10 days and that rabies is not a concern.
For more information, please call (813) 307-8059 or email us.


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Florida Department of Health